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Monday, December 10, 2018

Weekly Australian Health IT Links – 10th December, 2018.

Here are a few I have come across the last week or so. Note: Each link is followed by a title and a few paragraphs. For the full article click on the link above title of the article. Note also that full access to some links may require site registration or subscription payment.

General Comment

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A really interesting week with all sorts of issues in Qld Health, Encryption, Private Data Leakage and so it goes on. You could not make this stuff up. The implications are pretty big I reckon.
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7 December 2018

DHS allows police access to private health data

Posted by Felicity Nelson
While public outrage over access to My Health Record (MHR) data has forced a legislative change in favour of greater privacy, the police have been quietly dipping into another honeypot of health data: PBS and MBS records.
An investigation by The Medical Republic has revealed state, territory and federal police forces have sent around 2,600 requests a year for this sensitive health data to the Department of Human Services over the past two years. The department can legally disclose private health records to the police without a court order.
The department would not reveal how many of these requests were granted, but said the number of disclosures per year had remained stable over the past decade.
Once linked, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) data, can paint a very detailed picture about a person’s medical history.
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Audit into Queensland's digital hospitals finds cost blowout in $600m project

By Lucy Stone
4 December 2018 — 11:26am
Queensland Health's multimillion-dollar project to digitise the state's hospitals is at a "critical junction" as its cost has blown out beyond its budget, an Auditor-General report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday has found.
The report found that the $600 million integrated electronic medical record (ieMR) project has not been proven to provide value for money and is predicted to require another $256 million according to a draft business case from the department.
The project, coordinated by eHealth Queensland which sits within the health department, would provide each patients' medical records in a fully digitised environment for clinicians to access.
Digitising hospitals is designed to reduce costs, lower patient days spent in hospital and improve clinical care.
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Queensland digital hospitals program facing $250m cost blowout

December 4, 2018
A scathing report into the digitising of Queensland public hospitals has found massive cost blowouts, saying the e-health rollout is not providing "value for money".

Key points:

  • E-health project cannot be completed without more funding, the auditor-general says
  • Lack of competition means the ieMR project is unlikely to provide value for money
  • Health Minister says Queensland patients are already getting better health services
The report found cost overruns of $256 million — a jump of 42 per cent — if the implementation was ever to be completed.
Queensland auditor-general Brendan Worrall found the program "is now at a critical junction because it cannot complete implementation in the remaining 12 hospitals without more funding".
He also found insufficient financial information was being provided by member hospitals, and that the Health Department did not have proper software to record project costs.
The auditor-general's report also found the $600 million integrated electronic medical record (ieMR) project had not been proven to provide value for money.
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Queensland hospitals in the dark about future costs of $1.2b project

By Lucy Stone
5 December 2018 — 4:57pm
Queensland’s hospitals still do not know how much it will cost them to run Queensland Health’s $1.2 billion integrated electronic medical record once the controversial project is completed in 2025.
In 2011, the ieMR project was originally projected to cost $600 million, but a 2016 business case showed its cost would blow out to $1.2 billion.
According to an Auditor-General report into Queensland Health’s digital hospital program, tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, the 2016 business case for the ieMR projected savings of $1.89 billion across hospitals from 2015 to 2025 once it was rolled out.
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Qld's digital hospital project primed to blowout by $250m

By Justin Hendry on Dec 4, 2018 4:24PM

Almost 40 percent over budget.

The state-wide rollout of Queensland Health's integrated electronic medical record (ieMR) is projected to blow out by $250 million, pushing the long running project more than 40 percent over budget.
The state's audit office today released its report [pdf] into the department's efforts to digitise hospitals through a single e-health record that have now been running in excess of a decade.
The audit found that “the actual cost of developing and implementing the ieMR is higher than forecast” in the 2016 business case, which put the total capital cost of the project at $612.9 million.
The official probe reveals that “an additional $256.8 million” has been forecast by the department to complete the implementation – an increase of 42 percent on the expected cost in the 2016 business case.
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Exclusive: Report raises concerns about Queensland digital hospital system rollout

11:00am Dec 4, 2018
The long awaited Auditor-General's report investigating the rollout of Queensland's $600 million digital hospital system will be released today.
9NEWS understands the report raises serious concerns about the cost of the project and the relationship and dealings between American software company Cerner and eHealth Queensland.  
The government is also set to announce a shake-up of eHealth's responsibilities over the project.
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Strong digital road map to aid telehealth

  • 11:00PM December 4, 2018
Australia needs a strong digital road map to increase momentum for telehealth, the local head of Philips says and outdated payment models are also in need of an overhaul.
Caroline Clarke, chief executive of ASEAN Pacific at Philips, shared that view following the release of the company’s recent future health index report, which explores the challenges in the deployment of telehealth services in 16 countries, including Australia.
“The report showed that to speed up these new models of care in terms of efficiency and productivity, it was important to have a strong digital road map as a country,” Ms Clarke said.
 “What that means is enabling the capture of data and ensuring that patients feel happy that the data is going to be safe.”
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Can they really say that? GPs and online reviews

Amanda Lyons 5/12/2018 12:24:37 PM
Dr Steven Kaye talks about helping GPs on the thorny question of how to respond – or not – to patients’ online comments.
While it will always be difficult for practitioners to alter or remove negative online reviews, a new RACGP factsheet is designed to help GPs navigate how best to deal with them.
‘The worst GP I have ever seen. I took my daughter to see him when she was very sick. He missed the diagnosis and was deliberately rough with her. It was like we were imposing on his time. I’d ask a taxi driver for medical advice before seeing this GP. Never see him if you are ill – or well.’
This review, which the GP found by googling his own name, was used as a case-study by medico-legal expert Dr Sara Bird in a previous article in Australian Family Physician.
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District health boards in New Zealand leveraging cloud for clinical and non-clinical data

Many boards see moving to the cloud as a key enabler for achieving their information strategy goals and expect a significant uptake over the next three years.
December 05, 2018 08:54 PM
17 of New Zealand’s district health boards (DHBs) are hosting some of their clinical and non-clinical data offsite using cloud services.
The author asked all 20 DHBs what cloud services they are currently leveraging, their future plans and the barriers they see to cloud adoption.
All but three (South Canterbury, Lakes and Tairāwhiti DHBs) are using or piloting cloud services already and all are considering or have definite plans to expand their use of cloud.
Cloud services are supporting key hospital applications across the country, including patient administration systems, clinical portals, laboratory, picture archiving and communication, radiology, pharmacy, eReferrals and ICU systems.
Some primary and community data is being hosted in the cloud via solutions such as the Indici patient management system and the Manage My Health patient portal.
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CBA's CommInsure separation raises medical data access concerns

By Ry Crozier on Dec 3, 2018 10:12AM

Review launched to determine if breach has occurred.

CBA’s work to ringfence its CommInsure business for divestment has uncovered potentially problematic data access controls and internal group functions with access to sensitive medical information.
ABC News reported that medical information from claims lodged by an unknown number of customers had been “made available” outside of CommInsure.
It is understood the data access arrangements and controls were uncovered as part of data segregation works as CBA prepares CommInsure for its $3.8 billion sale to AIA.
A Commonwealth Bank spokesperson confirmed to iTnews that the bank had been investigating the practices since uncovering them in August.
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Commonwealth Bank customers' medical data exposed in potential privacy breach

By Dan Oakes, ABC Investigations
Updated Mon at 11:40am
The Commonwealth Bank is urgently investigating a potential data breach that may have given its staff access to customers' sensitive medical information.

Key points:

  • Sensitive medical data held by CommInsure was accessible to other staff members, including those making decisions on loan applications
  • The bank says it has not found evidence any data was accessed from outside the insurance arm, but it is still investigating
  • A former staff member says there was the potential for the data to be misused
The issue was discovered around late July as the bank made preparations for the $3.8 billion sale of its insurance arm, CommInsure, to the AIA group.
Medical information supplied by an unknown number of customers to CommInsure was made available to other arms of the bank, including to staff who decide whether to approve or decline loan applications.
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Govt tries to plug small business systems security holes with cash

By Justin Hendry on Dec 3, 2018 10:27AM

$10m available for cyber security testing.

Small businesses across Australia are set to benefit from a new government grant aimed at hardening the community's cyber security posture.
The federal government opened the $10 million grant initiative today, meeting a requirement in the 2016 cyber security strategy to help businesses secure their digital assets.
It is aimed at ensuring an adequate level of cyber security to avoid a situation where small business become “the soft underbelly or back door into connected organisations”, the strategy states.
The grant will provide up to $2100 for small businesses to have their cyber security tested by a Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers Australia New Zealand (CREST ANZ) approved provider.
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Via e-mail:

A Change in Leadership at HealthLink

Dear Colleagues and Clients,
I have recently made the decision to step down as CEO of HealthLink, an organisation I co-founded in 1993.  I am delighted that the position of Managing Director/CEO has been filled by Michelle Creighton who has been our Chief Financial Officer for the past four years and has previously worked as a business analyst in Information Technology companies.  I look forward to working closely with Michelle over the next three months as I transition out of the company.
As the leading provider of secure messaging and SmartForms services in both Australia and New Zealand, HealthLink has some very exciting opportunities ahead of it.  Work to establish SmartForms based electronic referrals is progressing well in both Australia and New Zealand and our collaboration with the Australian Digital Healthcare Agency to provide an interoperable messaging infrastructure throughout the Australian healthcare system has helped to further expand secure messaging coverage.  Recent shareholding changes and membership of the Clanwilliam Group of companies brings some very significant opportunities for HealthLink which is now part of a rapidly growing group of  international companies. 
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ACS launches AI guide for businesses

The Australian Computer society has released a guide for businesses to start using artificial intelligence in their organisations, outlining what AI is and what it can do.
The guide — Artificial Intelligence: A Starter Guide to the Future of Business — was released on Thursday, with a number of Australian AI companies present and showing off their wares.
These included the chief executives and founders of Sortal, Gameface and Hyper Anna.
“Artificial intelligence promises to revolutionise the way we do business, optimising business processes and creating entirely new revenue streams,” said ACS president Yohan Ramasundara.
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Australia’s ‘digital identity assets’ in danger, report

What if digital land titles and a century’s worth of newspaper archives went missing?
George Nott (Computerworld) 06 December, 2018 09:51
A scenario: an agency discovers that thousands of digital land titles have been altered, making it impossible for individuals and companies to prove ownership of their assets.
“The stock market moves into freefall as confidence in the financial sector evaporates when the essential underpinning of Australia’s multitrillion-dollar housing market – ownership – is thrown into question. There’s a rush to try to prove ownership, but nowhere to turn,” writes Anne Lyons, a visiting fellow with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), in a report published this week.
“Banks cease all property lending and business lending that has property as collateral. The real estate market, insurance market and ancillary industries come to a halt. The economy begins to lurch,” Lyons’ paper – Identity of a nation: Protecting the digital evidence of who we are – continues.
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3 December 2018

Medical devices and implant regulation: a primer

Authored by Jason Chuen
THE past week has seen the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) release its Implant Filesthe result of an extensive investigation into the medical implant and device industry. Despite some enlightening reporting, the issues raised can be challenging to understand without a wider background in medical technology.
What is a medical implant?
For the most part, the ICIJ investigation has focused on “medical implants” — devices placed inside a patient to serve a specific medical function. Some of these implants can be very simple, such as a wire or a screw to hold broken bones together, a new hip or knee joint, or a catheter used for kidney dialysis or chemotherapy delivery — indeed even a suture used to sew up a wound (or a mesh used to reinforce and strengthen a wound) can be considered to be a medical implant.
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Future healthcare tech may be beneficial, but also poses risks: report

Hafizah Osman | 07 Dec 2018
Some of the biggest technologies leading digital transformation in healthcare are also perceived to hold the greatest risk, according to a new report. 
ISACA’s recently released 2018 Digital Transformation Barometer found that some of the most hyped technologies in healthcare – including public cloud, the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data – are all noted and rewarding, but also potentially risky. 
ISACA member and Tucson Medical Center Director of Infrastructure and Operations, Susan Snedaker, said global respondents were excited about these emerging technologies and their potential to change the future landscape of IT, but with a lot of unknowns surrounding these technologies, their security is a top concern. 
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  • Updated Dec 4 2018 at 9:11 AM

What your heart rate is really telling you

by Rosa Silverman
Perching nervously on the edge of my sofa, I clutch my smartphone in my left hand and press my right forefinger over the camera.
The device begins beeping, while numbers flash on the screen. I know not what they mean, nor why they're changing, but I'm about to discover my heart rate – courtesy of an app I've downloaded. It cost just €2 ($3), which sounds like a fair price for the infinite number of times it allows me to check my ticker.
After a few seconds, the result is revealed: 71 beats per minute (bpm). To my relief, this is categorised by the app's sliding scale as "normal", as opposed to "slow" or "fast". The "fast" section of the scale is coloured an alarming red, presumably to indicate danger.
But if I found myself in the red, what would that actually mean? A warning of an imminent heart attack, or simply the need to get off my sofa and on to the treadmill?
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Doctor goes from medicine to leading award-winning technology company

By Josh Jennings
2 December 2018 — 1:05pm
Radiation oncology specialist Raghav Murali-Ganesh is having a bumper 12 months at work - just not at the coalface of clinical medicine.
Cancer Aid, the Australian health technology start-up he co-founded in 2015, is busy winning a lot of big-time awards of late. So much so that it would hinge on an ad nauseam exercise to list them all.
Sir Richard Branson was one of the judges behind Cancer Aid's nod in the Best Global Start-up and Best Start-up Creating Social Impact categories at the most recent Talent Unleashed Awards. In fact, the Talent Unleashed Awards were full of spoils. They also gave Murali-Ganesh the opportunity to take part in an all-expenses trip to Silicon Valley to visit leading tech behemoths such as Facebook and Apple.
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Microsoft, Mastercard alliance muscles in on digital identity

By Julian Bajkowski on Dec 4, 2018 11:55AM

We care a lot … (product not included).

Microsoft and credit card behemoth Mastercard have officially jumped into bed together over digital identity provision, announcing a formal tie-up that is likely to assert a heavily American influence on the nascent global industry.
The two US-based multinationals on Tuesday issued a statement extolling a new “strategic collaboration” that pitches a decentralised (federated) model of execution as the two companies bet heavily on a formal affiliation between their payments and software platforms.
However as conspicuous as the mating ritual between the two giants is, it's pulled-up well short of any tangible product, release date, preferred architecture or initial market so far.
Instead, the pair has settled on a broad statement of aim that it says will be fleshed out “in the coming months” to create “a service that would allow individuals to enter, control and share their identity data their way – on the devices they use every day".
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Trust, skills and cloud: Key ingredients needed for 2025

  • By Sassoon Grigorian
  • December 4, 2018
The Australian government’s Digital Transformation Strategy sets a vision to be a top three digital government by 2025 and provides clarity and certainty. What’s needed now is for some of the not-so-secret ingredients of successful digital transformation to be added to make it reality.
Australia is well positioned to reach its 2025 goal, with programs recognised globally for being pioneering and innovative. The opportunity for positive growth through digital transformation is proven by initiatives such as what we’re seeing from Service NSW, where increasing digital service delivery by 60 per cent has resulted in a 97 per cent customer satisfaction rating.
The impact of leadership in digital transformation isn’t just limited to the public service.
A Salesforce commissioned report Accelerating Australia’s Digital Transformation - Strategies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, estimates the wider economy could be boosted by $9.2 billion by 2020 through an expansion of the nation’s cloud capabilities.
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Government agencies ordered to block online ads, Flash

New cyber security guidelines for government released
Rohan Pearce (Computerworld) 04 December, 2018 11:15
Web browsers on Australian government workstations should, by default, be configured to block online ads, Adobe Flash and Java.
The new security controls — which have been given the priority of “Must” — apply to all systems that deal with official government data, even if it is unclassified.
The controls are part of a major update to, and restructuring of, the government’s Information Security Manual, which for the first time has been officially published by the Australian Cyber Security Centre. The ACSC is overseen by the Australian Signals Directorate, and in previous years the ISM has been branded as an ASD document.
The new controls were “Added to address a gap in guidance on the hardening of web browsers,” a document accompanying the ISM states.
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Imagining the future of Australian health care

While traditional video conferencing in the medical industry has been available for over 10 years in Australia, doctors and specialists had always faced difficulties when it came to implementing it for patient care
Michael Chetner, Zoom (Computerworld) 07 December, 2018 00:00
Between 2015-16, 10.6 million hospitalisations occurred in Australian public and private hospitals. In the same period, 712,000 patients were admitted to public hospitals from elective surgery waiting lists, only half were admitted within 37 days. The medical industry is one of the most important aspects of society, and these figures represent some of the medical industry’s long-running perceived issues such as long wait times and limited access to specialist care.
While traditional video conferencing in the medical industry has been available for over 10 years in Australia, doctors and specialists had always faced difficulties when it came to implementing it for patient care. Medical professionals ran into connection issues and amplified costs due to the roll-out of networks in rural locations. However, with today’s cloud technology, video communication can connect seamlessly, even when internet connection is at a minimal. By adopting video communication, the health sector can create a more convenient service for patients, better help disadvantaged patients and provide solutions that could change how doctors treat patients in the future.
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What do the new encryption laws mean for you?

Landmark laws will give security agencies new powers to obtain the encrypted communications of criminal suspects. How far do the powers go? And what do they mean for you?

By Adam Turner
7 December 2018 — 3:51pm
Landmark laws will give security agencies new powers to obtain the encrypted communications of criminal suspects. How far do the powers go? And what do they mean for you?
Here's what you need to know.
What's happening?
Tech giants such as Apple, Google and Facebook can be forced to help Australia's law enforcement agencies read our private messages under new laws designed to ensure wrongdoers can't hide behind encryption.
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Australia gets world-first encryption busting laws

By Ry Crozier on Dec 6, 2018 7:36PM

Labor passes bill without changes it claimed were needed.

Australia’s law enforcement agencies have a wide range of new encryption-busting powers after Labor dropped all opposition to a highly contentious bill and let it pass without extra changes it claimed all day were needed.
The bill passed into law by 44 votes to 12 in the senate, having already cleared the lower house where just two MPs voted against it.
The law gives law enforcement the power to ask technology companies to create - and then seed - a vulnerability on "one or more target technologies that are connected with a particular person".
Passage of the bill was achieved after it looked destined to fail.
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  • Updated Dec 2 2018 at 12:24 PM

Scott Morrison 'compromising national security' on encryption: Penny Wong

Labor's Penny Wong has accused Scott Morrison of compromising Australia's national security by engaging in a fight over controversial encryption powers, setting up a dramatic final week of federal Parliament.
With four sitting days remaining, the government says the opposition wants terrorists to be able to communicate privately beyond the reach of intelligence agencies — a claim made after negotiations over the laws broke down in acrimony on Friday when bipartisan cooperation faltered over demands by the Coalition for the bill to be rushed through Parliament before Christmas.
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No more WhatsApp? How the proposed encrypted message access laws will affect you

Australia's Government wants to pass world-first laws that would force technology companies to help police access encrypted messages.
Attorney-General Christian Porter has said a high number of people involved in terrorist plots and serious organised crime use encrypted messaging apps.
But not only does encryption keep text messages secret, it underpins the security of the internet, from email to online banking.
Technology companies, human rights groups, lawyers and others aren't happy about the law, and — given the bill's powers will be unprecedented globally — it's unclear how this will play out.
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Encryption bill: Labor dissents with govt on passing legislation

The Australian Labor Party has said that it will be dissenting with the government members on the panel that is inquiring into the encryption bill. But the government says it will be pressing on and presenting the bill in Parliament next week, the last sitting week for the year.
Labor Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said in a letter to Attorney-General Christian Porter that the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security had worked to pass more than 15 national security laws since 2014, with 300 amendments.
But, he said, this time the Labor Party had been pushed too far.
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Australia’s diplomats at odds with crypto bill

By Matt Johnston on Dec 3, 2018 12:00PM

DFAT signs on to Paris Call for cyber stability.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has said it “is pleased to endorse” international movements for a stable cyber environment free from state interference - a position which appears to put it at odds with some provisions of the government's Assistance and Access Bill.
iTnews reported last month that three Australian representatives, including cyber ambassador Tobias Feakin, attended a meeting of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC).
While Australia’s contributions to the meeting are unclear, the meeting saw the adoption of new “norms” for cyber conduct that included not altering products or services. The Assistance and Access Bill would give the government the power to "require a provider to build a new capability that will enable them to give assistance to ASIO and ‘interception agencies’."
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Law Council, journos, software industry urge caution on encryption bill

Backlash against government attempt to ram through legislation
Rohan Pearce (Computerworld) 03 December, 2018 11:44
An attempt by the government to push through major national security legislation has roused a chorus of concern, with groups representing lawyers, journalists and software companies calling on the Canberra to rethink its rush.
The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 would give police and security agencies new powers to force tech companies to cooperate with investigations. It would also allow the government to order a company that provides a communications service to build new capabilities designed to assist with investigations.
The government says the legislation is necessary to counter the increased use of encrypted communications by criminals and terrorists. However, critics have argued that it could undermine the security of major online services.
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Why Scott Morrison is right on encryption but wrong on Muslims

By Peter Hartcher
4 December 2018 — 12:04am
On the one hand, the federal government is getting pretty excited over its new counter-
terrorism bill, demanding Parliament pass it this week. On the other, the scale and number of terrorist attacks in Australia is small and the problem seems in check. Is this just a piece of political theatre by a government desperate to show how tough it is and how feeble the Labor Party is? Or is there serious need?
I'd like to call an independent expert witness.
Nick Rasmussen is an American with impeccable credentials. He's a career diplomat with nearly two decades as a senior counterterrorism official. For the last three years he led the overall US effort as head of the National Counterterrorism Centre. He was director of the agency under both Barack Obama and Donald Trump, a reliable clue that he's a respected professional, not a political hack.
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Royal Darwin Hospital improves patient care with virtual desktop program

Hafizah Osman | 03 Dec 2018
The Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) has introduced a virtual desktop program that enables clinicians to save time on having to keep logging into their devices, in addition to improving the management of patient records. 
The program, named Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), was implemented by the Department of Corporate and Information Services (DCIS) and the Department of Health, and supports nurses and doctors through a configuration of functionality across ten software products.
This includes accessibility to RDH business applications from the virtual desktop, secure external access from outside the hospital, and cyber security improvements for better security of patient information. 
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Taylor Collison launches med tech company raising

Updated 04 Dec 2018 — 12:14 PM, first published at 10:07 AM
Stockbroker Taylor Collison is seeking to raise fresh funds for ASX-listed medical devices company CardieX.
CardieX shares went into a trading halt on Tuesday morning as its broker launched the deal.
Taylor Collison was seeking buyers for 183.3 million new shares at 3¢ each to raise $5.5 million.
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Quantum leap: Sydney startup launches world-first software product

By Emma Koehn
4 December 2018 — 11:01pm
Quantum physicist Michael Biercuk is launching a world-first software product this week, and while it's not targeted at the everyday consumer it could change their lives in the long run.
His startup Q-CTRL's Black Opal software package aims to help businesses that are working on quantum computing processes to eliminate errors and improve the strength of their hardware.
Quantum computing moves beyond traditional computers that store information as "bits" represented by 1s and 0s, and instead harnesses quantum physics to process information more efficiently.
But as the world works to develop quantum computers that have practical uses, the hardware is vulnerable to breaking down.
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Follow the money: latest govt. print & signage contracts

Outdoor advertiser oOh!media’s 10-year contract for Brisbane City Council’s street furniture business is the headline deal, but a range of other major players including Finsbury Green, IVE Group and Fuji Xerox, as well as smaller signage businesses have all won recent local, state and federal government contracts.
oOh!media, the new owner of Adshel, confirmed that Brisbane City Council has voted to approve a new 10-year contract for an undisclosed amount. The Adshel brand name will disappear in coming months, following oOh!media’s $570m acquisition of the street furniture business in September.
Elsewhere, Finsbury Green signed a $3.5 million contract with the NSW Rural Fire Service for Print Management, Warehousing and Distribution Services, which includes printing and photographic and audio and visual equipment. The three-year deal runs until 30 August 2021.
Sydney-based print & communications business IMMIJ won a $1.98 million contract with the Australian Digital Health Agency for Printing and packaging services.
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Tabula Rasa HealthCare to Acquire DoseMe, a Precision Dosing Software Company

Acquisition projected to expand reach of TRHC’s medication safety technologies in the hospital healthcare system market and internationally

December 03, 2018 08:00 ET | Source: Tabula Rasa HealthCare, Inc.
MOORESTOWN, N.J., Dec. 03, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tabula Rasa HealthCare, Inc. (“TRHC”) (NASDAQ: TRHC), a healthcare technology company advancing the field of medication safety, today announced it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire Brisbane, Australia based DoseMe. DoseMe is the developer of DoseMeRx, an advanced precision dosing tool to help physicians and pharmacists accurately dose patients’ high-risk parenteral medications based on individual needs, resulting in significant improvements to mortality, risk, and patient outcomes.
Already available in over 100 hospitals and infusion providers worldwide, DoseMeRx’s precision dosing capabilities will now be combined with TRHC’s proprietary Medication Risk Mitigation (MRM) technologies in order to enhance and accelerate medication safety solutions available in the hospital setting.
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AI solution to replace nurse call button at Burwood Hospital

Thursday, 6 December 2018   (0 Comments)
eHealthNews.nz editor Rebecca McBeth
Canterbury District Health Board is replacing the traditional nurse call button with a patient communication system using artificial intelligence to triage and relay patient messages.
The DHB is starting a three- to six-month trial of DeloitteASSIST at Burwood Hospital early next year.
The system was developed at The Prince of Wales Hospital in Australia and uses Amazon Alexa voice assistant technology to enable patients to request help without the need to press a button.
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Marriott group hit by massive breach, details of 500m stolen

Hotel group Marriott International has reported a data breach in its Starwood line of hotels and resorts, with the details of up to 500 million guests likely to have been stolen by malicious attackers.
Marriott said it had become aware of the breach on 8 September and investigations had shown that data was being exfiltrated since 2014.
In a statement, the group said for about 327 million of these, the details included a combination of name, mailing address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest account information, date of birth, gender, arrival and departure information, reservation date, and communication preferences.
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